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don't even mention that subject (ever again) I flunked the polygraph, my plane tickets got cancelled next day. Just went back for a second try. The polygrapher that flunked me had eyes straight out of a horror movie. Looked like he was going to kill me. Most intense person I've ever met. Bragged during the test that he "did the most thorough screening in the business".
The guy is costing the taxpayer lots of cash. If I fail this one, I get flown to Chantilly, VA for further testing. Something that should have taken a day has now dragged on for a month.
I don't think a lot of members know how to take you. Like for example...you mentioned you were worried about your portfolio's value, i.e. how it dropped so fast in a month or two, yet you live in downtown Chicago. A lot of members put some time in to help you out and you countered with "oh well I am going back to work"...maybe frustrating to those that have tried hard to help out. Dunno maybe that is the reason
"These walls are kind of funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them"
Peas would be nice, whirled peas even better, but don't count on it - especially on the internet.
Given we are a microcosm of society or even the work place, you'll find all the people you left behind when you retired, or endure now if you have not ER'ed. *I spent a fair number of years working closely with a staff numbering anywhere from 15 to 25 folks. * Hanging out on this board is like a flashback to those many, many days we'd spend in a well appointed conference room doing business or doing personal. *Yup, there were some great friendships formed, and there was the guy who always managed *to get around to each of us and offer some criticism about what we were involved in. *He always seemed to be the least talented, and the least aware of it so the criticism could hardly be considered constructive. There was guy who could tell you to go to hell and make you look forward to the trip. One of my most admired. We all made about the same salary, but someone always found it necessary to let the rest of us know that his investing prowess burdened him with a higher tax bracket.
The faces changed fairly regularly so it was to be expected that an occasional jerk would slip into the circle. *Somehow we always seemed to find a solution to that.
So it is on the internet, except that on the internet you've got personalities on steroids due to the anonymity we enjoy (or believe we enjoy)
Anonymous= courage at a level many people never enjoyed before.
No doubt when the phone was invented some loser found courage for the first time and invented the obscene phone call. It's like a court case I observed many years ago. A young hothead had gotten himself in some minor trouble due to his habit of flipping off other drivers. *One of the interesting and humorus things about these guys was the fact *that the flip-or was a tiny little guy likely 90 lbs and the flip-ee could have played football for any pro team. So the judge fined the flip-or and then gave him *this admonition- - -Son, if you're going to flip off people 3 times your size, than I highly recommend you get tinted, no, deep tinted windows on that car of yours. *Anonymous = power without penalty.
So you mix anonymity with this group- - from my short stay here I see older people who are pissed about the hand they've been dealt, *younger people who can't seem to get dealt anything, and lots of happy people young and old who are having the time of their lives. *You want diversity? *Check the God thread. *Probably my greatest eye opener about this group.
SO you want peas?
It's possible, but at the end of the day there will always be a couple of folks that won't be breaking bread with me and who knows how many that feel the same about me. *So long as this is the internet and the appropriate folks have deep tinted windows we should be alright.
Sorry to be so long, if you finished this I probably owe you a Corona. Well, most of you.
well said. *Anonymity is great for those who have no real courage. *You also owe me one Corona. *I started this thread because it has been very "Dog Days of Summer" testy on some threads.
Wildcat pointed out, I was very uncertain of my decision to retire and lots of people tried to reassure me. *But in the end, I took a look at being semi-retired with some comfort zone. *Sorry if that offended but I have to look after me.
in England they serve mushy peas. *Not bad but they somehow give one the impression that the bottom of one's shoe might be contaminated with some manure. * *Very strange, the mushing process seems to add a foul odor. *Never saw it served cold.
When I was working I always passed those stupid things with the Barney/Goober examiners. Maybe retirement is making me feel guilty or maybe the examiner is jealous.
And yeah, Chicago is fab. I enjoy every day here. Oooops is it nearing November? Actually went today to look at cold weather gear.
Someone else above mentioned that it was hard to know how to take me. In reading my posts, I hope I come across as someone who like to have fun and interject a little levity. But never at someone else's expense.
And I was kidding about being scolded, shunned, etc. Just not smart enough to make that clear.
I agree that things have been a little testy on some of the boards, especially the God board. I decided that I was not going to be drawn in to the debates and was sure that I would not sway anyone in their thinking. I have included some posters in my prayers also. You owe me a Corona also and I will take mine with a burrito!
Al's beaver scares me . Now, I have a friend named Mimi with a nice beaver. That's if your interested.
kip the Burrito, I've heard that mixing the two can cause sounds that scare even a beaver. Try a big bowl of refried beans and hot peppers with the Corona, you'll sleep like a baby but no one else will.
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